Jeremy Begbie

Thomas A. Langford Distinguished Research Professor of Theology; The McDonald Agape Director of Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts


0055 Langford

Duke Divinity School
Duke University
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B.A. (University of Edinburgh)
B.D. (University of Aberdeen)
Ph.D. (University of Aberdeen)
A.R.C.M. (Royal College of Music)
L.R.A.M. (Royal Academy of Music)
F.R.S.C.M. (Royal School of Church Music)

Jeremy Begbie teaches systematic theology and specializes in the interface between theology and the arts. His particular research interests are in the interplay between music and theology.

Previously associate principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge, he has also been honorary professor at the University of St Andrews, where he directed the research project, Theology Through the Arts at the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts. He is a senior member of Wolfson College and an affiliated lecturer in the faculty of music at the University of Cambridge.

He studied philosophy and music at Edinburgh University, and theology at Aberdeen and Cambridge. A professionally trained musician, he has performed extensively as a pianist, oboist and conductor. He is an ordained minister of the Church of England, having served for a number of years as assistant pastor of a church in West London.

He is author of a number of books, including A Peculiar Orthodoxy: Reflections on Theology and the Arts (Baker); Redeeming Transcendence: Bearing Witness to the Triune God (Eerdmans), and Theology, Music and Time (CUP).  Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music (Baker/SPCK) won the Christianity Today 2008 Book Award in the Theology/Ethics Category. Most recently, he has published Theology, Music, and Modernity (OUP), and Abundantly More: The Theological Promise of the Arts in a Reductionist World” (Baker). He has taught widely in the UK and North America, and delivered multimedia performance-lectures across the world, from Israel to Australia and Hong Kong.

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Begbie and Wirzba Named Distinguished Professors

Professors Jeremy Begbie and Norman Wirzba have been awarded the highest honor given to university faculty. 

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Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (DITA) hosts psychiatrist, neuroscience researcher, philosopher, and literary scholar Iain McGilchrist for a public dialogue with DITA director Dr. Jeremy Begbie

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